ST-Ericsson to showcase a 3 GHz smartphone chipset with global LTE radio at MWC

ST-Ericsson is pretty much alive as a mobile chip maker and will demo its new 3 GHz NovaThor L8580 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company is of the few, along with Qualcomm, that offers true system-on-a-chip, complete with a baseband radio, and that is precisely what it will demo - a full smartphone platform with its 3 GHz eQuad CPU integrated with multimode LTE radio that has embedded Carrier Aggregation functionality.

NovaThor L8580 is built with the modern 28nm process and ST-Ericsson claims it allows speed "normally reserved for the PC market,”  as well as 35% reduction in power consumption compared to leading ARM-based chipsets at similar frequencies.

For its market-ready version, the company will release the SoC with 2.5 GHz eQuad CPU that is derived from ARM's Cortex-A9 architecture and there will be a 600 MHz PowerVR SGX544 GPU attached, the LTE Advanced modem, and the usual Bluetooth, GNSS (GPS+ GLONASS), FM, WLAN, WiFi Direct, Miracast and NFC radios built in from the get go.



1. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

watch out qualcomm here comes Sony....................

2. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

a9 can't outmatch s600 or s800...i guess

5. blingblingthing

Posts: 946; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Guess is right. Smaller processors as far as I know should only expect a lower power consumption at the same clock speed as far as I know.

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

sony is already using the snap dragon S4 in the Z bro lol but hey whos to say they wont consider ST in the future, that is if the S800 doesn't already have that spot ;)

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

*S4 Pro

10. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Sony =/= ST-Ericsson

13. CorianU

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

No Sony dumped Ericcson a long time ago

11. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

its about time qualcomm has some competition from someone other than Sammy!

12. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I don't think ST - Ericsson (Joint venture between ST Microelectronics and Ericsson) belongs to Sony. Sony Ericsson was a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson and Sony bought the share of Ericsson in that particular venture not the Ericsson company itself.

3. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

@ sonofzeus Sony got nothing to do with ST ericsson anymore,they are both different companies

17. ProGalaxy

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

agree..because I work in ST.

4. nikenturd unregistered

To see is to believe

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Interesting derivate. Now I'd like to see the A7 from the big little configuration, put into a 12 core 1.4Ghz SoC :p I think the optimal solution is yet to be found

9. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

The 6.44" Togari might use this beast. Remember the rumour that "neither qualcomm nor nvidia is in the mix"?

16. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I was thinking the same thing maybe sony already had some inside info to make that statement. Before this news i was almost certain it would be the exynos

14. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

This is impressive... Global LTE ...great 28nm great for batter consumption. power VR sgx544 great... wassup Qualcomm?

15. Velda

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Cortex-A9... Very bad for power consumption.

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